It’s not easy to write after a defeat, even more after the one we had at West Ham. We were leading 0-1 and we had chances to score again during the first half, but after the break they managed to come back… In the last few minutes, when we were desperately trying to score, they finished us off with their third goal. It’s tough to write about that after losing the three points… The only way to end this bad streak is being positive and focusing on the next match in the Champions League. We have to believe that we will get through. And I do believe so.
In order to do that we must beat Nordsjaelland and hope that Shakhtar will beat Juventus in Ukraine. Shaktar are a great team, a tough one at home, and I’m sure it won’t be easy for Juventus to get points there. I hope we can get through and then face with optimism our game at Sunderland and the trip to Japan to play the Club’s World Cup. I’m looking forward to it, Japan is a country I’ve always felt attracted to. This will be the first time our club plays this tournament and it would be very nice to get a new title for Chelsea FC. Our supporters deserve it and it would be the perfect end to the year that gave us the first Champions League trophy in the history of the ‘Blues’.
After the match at West Ham I rested at home watching TV and I followed the matches of la Liga… But I got more bad news: Valencia lost against Real Sociedad and soon afterwards Pellegrino was sacked. It’s a shame ‘El Flaco’s plan for this season didn’t work, but the team is still alive in the Champions League and in the Copa del Rey, and has still time to get to their target in la Liga. I do know that my former team mates are having a bad time and here I send all my support to them to overcome this situation.
Then I watched the top three teams. Barcelona keeps breaking records and they beat Athletic with a great collective work. What a goal from Adriano after a sensational play… And then came Madrid’s derby. The start was full of passion and intensity, as usual. Real went ahead thanks to a superb free kick by Cristiano, and later on it came Ozil’s goal following a pass also from Cristiano. It was a very physical game with some tension on the pitch, and it went box to box especially in the second half. A big show to finish the day!
The highlight from Sunday, apart from Aspas’s brilliance, was a great match at Riazor that keeps Betis in the top four. Superb goal from Campbell! Betis, together with Getafe, is the team that amazes me more in this new season. My friend Moyá from Getafe played really well by the way. I haven’t seen many goalkeepers with such a great touch…
Aside from football, many of you have asked me about the Rolling Stones concert in the O2 Arena last Thursday. Simply amazing I’d say. Having the chance to be there, in front of one of the best rock bands in history, is one of those thing that London has to offer… And now I can always say I’ve seen the Rolling Stones play live! They have such an enviable energy and vitality, and their songs, after so many years, still sound powerful as always!
With the Stone’s ‘I Can’t Get No (Satisfaction)’ still in my head I say good bye to you until next week. I read all your messages of support, thank you for them!
PS: I would like to send a big hug from here to ‘Sisi’ after being seriously injured… He is a great player and friend. Come on, genius!